This morning as I watched our monarch flap away on her very first flight, I realized something.
She never had a lesson, she never had to practice…she emerged knowing exactly how to fly.
Interesting, isn’t it? When a baby learns to walk, there are lots of stumblings and tumblings. They totter unsteadily, they fall down and get back up, we help and encourage. But a butterfly emerges fully ready and able to implement this new form of locomotion!
Instead of fluttering and bouncing like I’ve seen baby birds do, she winged away from my hand and circled our clearing with complete confidence. Soon she landed in the top of a pine tree to rest for a few minutes. I saw her several times after that exploring my flowers, tasting the butterfly bush, getting to know these new surroundings. It’s amazing to think that two weeks ago she was just a creepy crawly caterpillar.
Isn’t it nice to think that when we receive our new bodies, there will be no awkwardness, no false starts, no faceplants? Resurrection is so much more than a new life–it’s a new life where we are actually capable!